At one level, nothing has changed. The new centre-left Frente Amplio government that took office in Uruguay on 1 March is a continuation of the two Frente Amplio administrations dating to 2005. The new president, Tabaré Vázquez, has done the job before (2005-2010). So too has the new economy minister, Danilo Astori (2005-2008; Astori was also vice-president in 2010-2015). Yet in economic policy terms, a different ball game looks to be shaping up.

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